How to protect teenagers from the virtually real world of Internet

Isn’t it a common picture these days that teenagers are living a life more on the virtually real world of internet? Isn’t it a bitter truth that the youngsters across the globe are held the easiest target for the online predators? If yes, then what is the best way to protect them from this high potential threat? Here are some ways, which can protect the younger generation from further damage and bring them back to their real life with a smile.

Accept the Fact That They Cannot Do Without Internet

It is a fact, that Internet has become the basis of every little thing today. There is no point in denying that it has infiltrated every sphere of life. Coming to the lives of teenagers, it is an impossible proposition to disconnect them from this latest connectivity aid. Even the modern education is incorporating internet as a tool of imparting education. To endorse the same, many internet providers are offering student package internet to make it affordable. So now there’s no point of return. But security comes first when it comes to the matter of children.

As every good thing brings about something bad, internet cannot be an exception. People are taking undue advantage of this dependence. Pedophiles, criminals and cheaters found the sweetest way to give their tendencies a chance.

In this scenario, the following steps only can save the young lives:

Installing Parental Control Software

To protect children against any offensive content on the Internet, the first and foremost step to be taken by the parents is activating parental control software on their ISP. It is available free, and one can filter the contents that are accessible online with the help of a password.

Set up the age limit

To ensure online security for the children and teenagers, most of social networking platforms, like Facebook, have set the age of 13 as the legal age criteria for creating an account. But that is the basic blunder they might have purposely made, as children above 13 are the ones who are the softest and easiest target for online violence. At times that can trickle down to their real world as well. Children of this age group can move out on their own while they don’t develop the judgement to choose the right person to meet. This age group eventually picks up the habit of lying too. Thus, the first step is to filter such scope of accessing these alluring sites. By setting up an age limit, the elders can visit these sites, but the children would be kept away.

Winding Thoughts

It is the need of acceptance which initiates this internet addiction. Teenagers seek it most. Make them feel “accepted” in the family by providing them the emotional presence they need. Just let them know, there is no need to listen to people who are not talking sense. There is a cross button above every site, press that and come out, whenever things are getting uncomfortable.

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